For some reason, I tend to like to write about books before I've finished reading them. Maybe it's because I don't have to worry about spoiling the ending if I don't know it to begin with. Whatever the reason, here I go again...
This book is not one that I'm reading with my book group. They are reading "Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me" by Pattie Boyd. Sounds interesting enough, but since I can't make the book club meeting in November anyway, I decided to use this month to read some stuff on my own.
Which brings us to "A Three Dog Life" by Abigail Thomas. It is a memoir about the author's life, specifically about when her husband is critically injured and suffers permanent brain damage. His short term memory is gone and she must put him in a full-time care facility.
She gets through the trauma of this situation in large part because of her dogs. Her husband's injury occurs when he is walking their dog, and then she adds two more dogs to her life as she is coping with her husband's situation.
If you love dogs, you'll love this book. It is sweet and sad and honest. Thomas writes about the guilt that she feels for enjoying the solitude of her life after she moves her husband into the care facility. It takes a lot of courage to even admit to yourself that you are enjoying the outcome (part of it, anyway) of a tragic situation. Thomas opens up and admits to the world that she is happy with her life after the accident. She isn't happy that her husband, as she knew and loved him, is gone. But she enjoys being alone with her dogs and having peace.
It is a short read, and an easy one. I highly recommend it. Even though I haven't finished it yet.